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10 Foreign TV Shows You Can Watch On Netflix Now

Looking for your next binge-worthy quarantine series?

Although we can't travel at the moment, it's never been easier to tap into other cultures by way of books, movies, podcasts, and television. These 10 foreign shows will take you to Europe, South America, Asia, and back again. Bonus points if you're trying to learn a new language—binging TV is one of the best ways to do it!

1. Élite

Takes place in Spain

This thriller takes place at Las Encinas, a fictional elite secondary school in Spain where three working-class teenagers, all of whom are attending on a scholarship, navigate relationships with their wealthy classmates. The show reaches beyond the cliché facade of "teen drama" to explore far more progressive issues. The flash-forward plot presents two simultaneous timelines per season, with a hefty dose of mystery, murder, and intrigue.

Number of seasons: 3, but the 4th and 5th were renewed in January 2020

2. Call My Agent

Takes place in Paris

Call My Agent, or Dix Pour Cent, follows the fast-paced lives of three Parisian film agents as they find ways keep their talent agency, A.S.K., afloat while fumbling to appease their roster of star clients. It's entertaining while simultaneously alluding to modern-day workplace realities, like the gender pay gap, ageism, and sexism. The best part about it all is that the clients themselves are actual French stars—each playing an exaggerated version of themselves in the show.

Number of seasons: 3, with the 4th expected to be released sometime in 2020

3. Kingdom

Takes place in South Korea

Netflix's first original Korean series, which premiered in January 2019, takes place a few years after the Japanese invasions of Korea in the Joseon period of the late 1500s. In the first season, the Crown Price Lee Chang decides to secretly investigate the cause of his father's illness after he is barred from seeing him. Upon doing so, Chang stumbles upon a political conspiracy that takes him to Gyeongsang in pursuit of answers. It's here where he meets a physician, Seo-Bi, along with Yeong-Shin. Together, they struggle to contain the mysterious plague, which brings the dead back to life, while also attempting to salvage the royal dynasty.

Number of seasons: 2

4. Ingobernable (Mexico)

Takes place in Mexico

As the first lady of Mexico, Emilia Urquiza has grand plans to improve the conditions of her country and fight for peace—until, that is, she begins to lose faith in her husband, President Diego Nava. What follows is an edge-of-your-seat drama that follows Urquiza, on the run until she can not only prove that she didn't kill her husband, but find out who did.

Number of seasons: 2

5. Dark

Takes place in Winden, Germany

Dark is the first German language Netflix series—a science fiction-esque thriller that revolves around the hidden connections among four estranged families as they attempt to unravel the mystery behind a missing child. Along the way, a time travel conspiracy that spans three generations is revealed, with the show exploring the existential implications and effect of linear time on human nature.

Number of seasons: 2

6. Ragnarok

Takes place in Norway

This fantasy drama takes place in the fictional Norwegian town of Edda. It follows the story of the fifth-richest family in Norway, the Jutuls, whose factories are plaguing the town with industrial pollution and accelerated climate change. When it's revealed that the Jutuls aren't actually who they say they are, a teenage boy (who discovers that he's the embodiment of Thor), wages a fight against those destroying the planet. Ragnarok is the second Norwegian language series produced by Netflix (Home for Christmas was the first).

Number of seasons: 1 (but it has been renewed for a 2nd season)

7. Midnight Diner

Takes place in Japan

Midnight Diner is an anthology TV series based on the manga of the same name by Yarō Abe. It centers around "The Master," the chef of a small, 12-seat izakaya called Meshiya in Shinjuku, Tokyo. True to its name, the restaurant operates exclusively from 12AM to 7AM every night, with each episode telling the story of The Master's involvement with his late-night customers.  

Number of seasons: 5

8. Fauda

Takes place in Israel

Doron has officially retired from the Israeli Defense Force and is now living a peaceful life working on a vineyard—until, that is, he learns that a former enemy he thought his unit had killed is, in fact, still alive and planning on attending his brother's wedding. This revelation not only brings Doron back to the IDF, but also unleashes a chaotic chain of events that culminates in a manhunt to locate and kill the target.

Number of seasons: 3

9. Meteor Garden

Takes place in China

This light-hearted series centers around Dong Shancai, an ordinary girl from a humble background who's accepted into the most prestigious university in the country, Ming De. It's here where she encounters an elite clique of four popular boys, including the group's leader, Daoming Si, who ends up falling in love with Dong only to realize that she may not love him back.

Number of seasons: 1

10. Sacred Games

Takes place in India

If thrilling, cat-and-mouse chase drama is your speed, then you'll love Sacred Games. It follows the adventures of Sartaj Singh, a police officer who embarks on am ambitious chase around Mumbai after receiving an anonymous tip about the location of criminal Ganesh Gaitonde. Along the way, the show flashes back to reveal crimes that Gaitonde has committed throughout the years, evidence of a deeply entrenched and corrupt Indian underworld.

Number of seasons: 2


For the ultimate travel-but-stay-at-home experience, whip up this super simple Japanese curry before settling in for a night of Netflix.